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Protecting nature priority for conservation week

This year we’re celebrating 50 years of Conservation Week (Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa), a time to not only get involved in activities at home or at the many events hosted across the country, but to reflect on the country’s wildlife which is still in crisis.

With more than 4000 of our native animals and plants threatened or at risk, it is imperative that we continue, way after the week ends on September 22, to celebrate nature and look at ways that we can best conserve it.

The week comes on the heels of the release of the two legacy documents from the World Health Promotion conference in Rotorua last April to leaders and organisations in the public health sector.

HPF’s Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi said the recent dissemination of these documents, which highlight the urgent need to protect the wellbeing of our planet and humanity, was timely in light of this week’s focus on conservation.

The Rotorua Statement. WAIORA: Promoting Planetary Health and Sustainable Development for All calls on the global community to urgently act to promote planetary health and sustainable development for all, now and for the sake of future generations. 

The Waiora – Indigenous Peoples’ Statement for Planetary Health and Sustainable Development is a call on the health promotion community and the wider global community to make space for and privilege Indigenous peoples’ voices and Indigenous knowledges in promoting planetary health and sustainable development for the benefit of all.

Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa was originally launched in 1969 by the New Zealand Scout Association, and taken over by the Department of Conservation when it was formed in 1987.